Rethinking smartness: citizen-centric urban regeneration

PROJECT OVERVIEW: T-Factor is a H2020 project which started in June 2020. It is funded under call H2020-SC5-2018-2019-2020. It has 25 partners from across the world and 6 pilots. T-Factor challenges the waiting time in urban regeneration – i.e. the time in-between the adoption of the masterplan and its actual realization – to demonstrate how culture, creative collaboration and wide engagement can unleash vibrant urban hubs of inclusive urban (re)generation, social innovation and enterprise.

MY ROLE: Project partner, in charge of the Transformation Lab “Citizens-led smartness”.

WHY IT MATTERS: The Lab challenges the techno-utopian notion of smart city, dominated by surveillance and big tech monopolies. It leverages the waiting time to explore alternative ‘smart city’ notions grounded on data sovereignty for citizens and community-owned solutions shaped as urban commons.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 868887